Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Painting No 21 - Bridgewater Monument across Aldbury Common
Oil on board - 10" x 8"
Yet another picture taken while on a run. The trees and monument looked great against the dark sky. I tried to focus on the tonal values in this one. Whilst it has largely worked I did find the sky a bit tricky (to keep the values light enough) although I'm pleased with the final result. I ended up by rubbing the sky over with a kitchen towel to get the edges to blend. I also rubbed backed to the underlying gesso to get the highlights in the clouds.
I stayed very loose with the plantlife in the foreground. I think any more detail there would have detracted from the overall composition.
Compositionwise, I used a very useful iPad app called Value Viewer from Plein Air to find the golden mean (although I could have easily measured it at 0.618 x length (or width)), and placed the monument on the vertical GM and the bottom of the right hand trees on the horizontal GM. It does seem to work.
My numbering system for my paintings has collapsed as I now have two other paintings on the go plus a finished value study for one of those paintings.